Triphala: A Potent Ayruvedic Digestion Booster
"You do not have a mother? Don't worry, as long as you have Triphala in your life!" goes an old popular Indian saying… Such an endearing and colourful testimony to the amazing benefits of Triphala!
Triphala is an Ayurvedic formula, which, amongst other benefits is a potent digestive booster and an effective remedy for bloating and gas. It is made of the dried powder of three different fruits, hence its name:Tri (Three) and Phala (Fruit).
The 3 fruits used are: Amla, Haritaki and Bibhitaki. According to Ayurveda, the mixture of these 3 botanicals enhances the overall function of the inner organs and the metabolism, while specifically toning and supporting the intestinal system.
Ayurveda is a traditional system of herbal medicine and self-care that originated in India thousands of years ago. The main goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to balance the body and promote health. Ayurvedic medicine designates Triphala as a rasayana, a Sanskrit term given to remedies that improve general health and prolong life.
Triphala is so highly valued for its efficiency that a saying among many Ayurvedic practitioners states that: "When in doubt, use Triphala". It has numerous benefits primarily because of its composition of 3 powerful healing fruits.
In Ayurveda, Triphala is considered a 'tridoshic rasayan', having balancing and rejuvenating effects on the three constitutional elements, or humours, that govern the human life: Vata which regulates all activities in the body and controls Prana, the life force. Pitta maintains the metabolic processes, assimilation and digestion and represents the 'fire' in the body and Kapha which governs all our cells, tissues and organs.
Each fruit component is known to have different properties but the blend of the 3 is highly effective for overall body cleansing, general detox and blood purification. In India, Triphala is a panacea for all ailments and a staple in every home due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-oxidant properties, to name but a few.
A primary principle of Ayurveda is that almost all disease is due to gastrointestinal disturbances. Triphala particularly helps to cleanse and detoxify the colon. It improves the absorption of food in the intestines and stimulates gastric enzymes, which help assimilate food, sugars and fat. it is also believed to reduce cholesterol levels.
Additionally, it encourages the peristaltic action of the intestinal lining making it effective against constipation, bloating and flatulence. It is also indicated for people suffering from stomach acidity. An excellent cure for constipation, Triphala acts as a mild laxative, as it help stimulate bile flow and peristalsis (bowel movement). But the best part is that it's not habit forming, which means you won't develop dependency and can stop taking it once you become regular.
Triphala removes toxins from the liver and promotes its good functioning, In fact, It is said to considerably improves liver and spleen function by gently stimulating bile production. It purifies the blood, promotes circulation, regulates blood pressure and has been proven to be an effective treatment for Hepatitis.
Triphala's Benefits at a Glance:
- Relieves constipation
- Reduces flatulence and bloating
- Cleanses colon
- Improves liver function and stimulates bile flow
- Purifies blood and improves circulation
- Regulates and lowers blood pressure
- Boosts immunity
- Supports metabolism
How To Take Triphala
Many people cannot bear its pungent taste. If you're the courageous type, stir in 1 gram of the powder in warm water and drink in the evenings after dinner. If you can't bear the taste, the tablets are an equally viable alternative.
A word of caution: Triphala should no't be taken during pregnancy.
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